New town – same old shit

I’ve made a pretty big change in my life, I moved to a completely new place with a job that pays really good in this collapsing economy.  I am not sure I will stay here forever as in the desert is not a place that is sustainable long term for self-sufficiency with is important for me.  That being said, it’s lonely at times knowing no one, but it’s put some things into perspective, and reminds me how dumb most people are.

Most people have never traveled or lived meaningfully outside of the place they were born.  I came from a small town and knew this fact, but thought maybe it was localized just there.  This is a city and most people grew up here, went to college here, live here, its kind of sad; very just taking what life gives you rather then going your own way.

People are dumb with time and money.  I grew up extremely, extremely tight with my money, as I rarely had any.  People blow money like crazy on stupid shit, bad food, things they discard right away.  It is stunning how little people know about fixing their own stuff, making things last etc.  I haven’t had the internet, and I feel withdrawals, but being forced to go to public wifi spots has helped me cut down on stupid surfing, I have to have my purpose dialed.

My boss is ‘smart’ but is religious and doesn’t believe in climate change or evolution- and I work in science.  I guess this shows how successful propaganda is that smart people can believe basic untruths.  If people don’t believe evolution happens, how would you ever convince them of subtler truths that we are exposed to?


10 thoughts on “New town – same old shit

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  2. Hey EK,

    I think people have never really moved on from the Medieval days where a man might live out his whole existence in a 20-30 square/km piece of countryside. In my view agrarian society changed the rules, meaning that people will not readily move away from a position were everything they need – food, heat and shelter – are easily retrievable. It’s the way most people are programmed.

    Though you’ll always get the odd gem who is thinking beyond his present satisfactions and appetites, weaving together a tapestry of higher insights in his mind. They were the people who traditionally pulled civilisation behind them on it’s mighty course, but today in the age of mediocrity, nobody knows what to do with such individuals. They’re seem to be a hindrance more than anything to the power and hence status quo. So now he can only express himself through his small, compartmentalised discipline of work and no higher. It’s a lamentable state of affairs and we’ve stopped growing as a result.

    I personally don’t classify myself as being stupid, but I’m no evolutionist, nor a creationist for that matter. I see evolutionism as a scientific narrative for the continual change we see occurring all around us in nature. It became the dominant explanation only when the Anglo-Saxon gentry conquered most of the world and thus propagated their worldview as the sole source of authority. Nobody protested as they subdued – with the help of ‘the Cabal’ might I add- all contending powers through economic/military means – culminating in WWI. Similarly via the same effort ‘democracy’ became the preferred political narrative of the world.. ‘the free market’ the default economic theory and so on.

    I’ve always preferred the German theories of ‘cyclic recurrence’ and Goethe’s organic model of nature to be more sensible to my person. But hey that’s just me. They used to be held as ‘true’ as evolution did, and mended into it in the Germanic sphere of influence. The Russians had their own thing too. The ancient Greeks thought that man was actually in a prolonged period of involution, steering toward genetic uniformity. For me the idea that space and time is linear doesn’t make sense. It’s not that I think much of the science is incorrect but rather it’s interpretation is being forced into a specific range of values.

    Also have a look the book I mentioned by Richard Lynn on your last post. I’m fairly sure he’s an evolutionist, but he argues in the current world-setting, evolution simply isn’t possible by natural means when we consider how people are living. The idiot is rewarded while the Genghis Khan’s.. well they’re in jail.

    Don’t consider the abovearguing points or anything, I’ve no real beef with evolutionists, it’s just that I think it’s become yet another avenue of ‘progressivism’. Think of the ‘unpersoning’ of Dr James Watson.. hell, even Darwin would have been sidelined/in jail considering what he said about things.

    – Eiruamun

    • Hey, good points. I personally think that time is cyclic, that this will either happen again, or that the universe will reset of sorts, or born again, regardless if ‘I’ get to live again I somewhat doubt it.

      Anyway, yeah, age of mediocrity, I can’t believe it. I see the ability to excel fairly easily. Finding stuff online to invest, maintain discipline, and stomp. I really just need to get to a wet area to start a farm. Any ideas?

  3. The desert is a great place for the survivalist. Its reputation and climate keep the masses away. If the electricity cut out, the American West would empty out.

    Indians like the Apache and Navajo lived there for centuries. White pioneers did quite well. It’s only when placing million-person cities out there that problems arise.

  4. I think it’s deeper than just religion. Human brains are not ‘designed’ to be objective. They have trouble wrapping around the ideas of fluctuation and randomness, and things happening for nobody’s sake. We think in overarching narratives even about events and their sequences that don’t really belong to any narrative. Lot’s of our intuitions ‘how the world should work’ are true close to the scale of our daily lives and nowhere else. Also, imagining infinity and infinitesimals is not really our forte, no more than any geometry with more than three dimensions. I could go on and on about our various cognitive limitations and heuristic ‘hacks’ that we aren’t even aware to employ.

  5. Which desert? Nevada or Arizona? Prostitution is legal in Nevada but expensive, and public nudity is almost legal in Arizona — there’s a solo-girl porn site called “FTV” that does public scenes out there. Maybe you can get a cheap thrill. I’m so bored with life that sometimes I toy with sexually immoral cheap thrills. Although, usually I stop myself short because they would only get me into trouble. That’s the lie they never tell you, the trouble that follows after the “fun”.

    In any case, I see evolution in the Bible:

    [That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

    “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”]

    (Matthew 13:1-23)

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